The funeral service is sparce, only her friend Sylvie (Dominique Minot) and the charming stranger Brian Cruikshank (Cary Grant) attend. Later three mysterious men appear at the funeral shocked to see Charles is dead. After the funeral she is approached by CIA administrator Hamilton Bartholomew (Walter Mathau) who informs her that she has $200,000 that she doesn't know anything about that those three men are after. Charles and those men, along with a fifth man named Carson Dyle, were given $200,000 in gold to give to the French Resistance, but they stole it instead. Carson was shot and left for dead, and Charles double-crossed the others.
What happens next is a series of deaths and people are not who they say they are. What is absolutely clear to Regina is she is unsure as to trust Brian and as the viewer we're unsure, too. They fight and work together at times, and all Regina wants is for this ordeal to end fully cooperating with the three men and the CIA, who wants the money back.
This film is not at all predictable, it's fun. It's a completely joyous suspense thriller romantic comedy.
Sophisticated humour, score, stars.
Grant and Hepburn perfect in their roles even though Grant (self-consciously) plays his older lover role for laughs. Watch out for his pass-the-orange and clothed-shower routines!
Despite its deceptions, plot is probably a little thin for today's audience.
Kudos for any thriller that mixes humour and adventure so well (as the best of James Bond does).
Regina Lampert, on a trip to Paris and hoping to divorce her husband, finds him dead and knows she is in evident danger from his former war buddies. She trusts a rather suave but untrustworthy man using many different alias to keep her safe and crack the case.
Charade is as 1960s as it gets. It has a corny, old atmosphere to it with overdone and sometimes unrealistic performances from Grant and Hepburn. Those two have questionable chemistry as they share the same emotion over and over, it seems all overdone and fake. Most would note the film style bears a striking resemblance of Hitchcock's film style, I see it as that plus the corny atmosphere. Charade isn't for everyone and I couldn't get hooked right away, however the film did pick up over time but various essential aspects seemed off time and time again.